Updated: Oct 12
I woke up at 3:30 AM and felt a strong urge to call my sister who lives in India. It was mid-afternoon there and I asked her how my Dad was feeling. She said his oxygen levels had dropped and he wasn’t doing well. I told her to rush him to the E.R. and within minutes of hanging up that call, she called me back telling me he was gone. Did I intuitively know that something was wrong and was woken up by the feeling in my gut? After all, this is not something I do regularly.
I believe it was my intuition. 1000%
The conversation I had with my sister brings me peace to this day and reminds me that I am connected; that was my Dad saying goodbye. This is just one of many instances where my intuition has either prepared me, saved me from something unpleasant, or improved my day's outcome.
Just like we have all learned to embrace meditation as a scientifically proven way to reduce stress and improve focus, someday we will look at intuition similarly. You don't have to take my word for it.
Many CEOs and successful leaders claim to rely on their intuition before making crucial decisions. But this superpower isn’t reserved for super successful people or extremely zen monks. It is available to ALL of us, in fact, I’d be willing to say that you have already used it in the past.
If you ever had a gut feeling or urge to do something and couldn’t shake it off, then you know that you have tapped into your intuition. Sometimes an old friend shows up on your doorstep unannounced and you might have intuitively baked her favorite cake that morning. Other times you may be walking to your car late at night and decide to wait and go with your friend because you had a gut feeling that it wasn’t safe to go alone. This is what intuition feels like: it's a knowing before something happens, a nagging feeling that won’t go away.
So what are some benefits of tapping into your intuition?
Intuition can save you time, money, and energy: Whether you're looking to buy a new outfit, or furniture or trying to decide which career path to choose, try to tap into your intuition and see which option feels right in your gut. It will save you from decision fatigue.
Intuition can help you see the bigger picture: When you are dealing with an intense problem or struggling with a difficult decision, try tapping into your intuition. You might come up with an extremely creative solution that is a win-win for everyone involved.
Intuition gives you confidence in yourself: When you start tapping into the universe for answers, you will take yourself and your self-doubt out of the equation. You begin trusting the universe to guide you to what is suitable for you.
What’s the secret to a strong intuitive connection?
Most people think that only select people are gifted and can connect to their intuition easily. In reality, most people can tap into their intuition, but it depends on how zen you are on a day-to-day basis. If you tend to get caught up in a lot of emotional ups and downs daily, chances are you don’t have the mental bandwidth to receive clear intuitive messages. So while meditation may seem like the obvious answer and works well for a lot of people, here are some other ways to get into the zen zone:
Movement: Do you feel like you have more creativity or clarity after your workout or run? Moving your body is a great way to shake off any stagnant energy and release the happy hormones in your body. This makes it easier for you to tap into your intuition.
Nature: Getting out in nature is soothing for a reason. All the elements of nature: earth, water, fire, sun, and air, are ways to clear negative energy and allow for more flow.
Art: Whether it's singing, dancing, drawing, painting, or playing a musical instrument, art is therapeutic and helps you get in the zen zone.
These activities help you just “be”; that is the best way to receive intuitive messages.
People often think you should use this superpower for the big, major decisions in life. But this couldn’t be further than the truth. As with any other change in your life, here are some ways to create a habit of tapping into your intuition: